Krotona Court postcard, Los Angeles

Krotona Court postcard, Los Angeles

During the more sedately spiritual Krotona occupation, the front building housed a kitchen, dining room, vegetarian cafeteria and lecture rooms until Krotona relocated to Ojai in 1924. The building, then called the Krotona Court, was designed by San Diego-based architecture firm of Mead & Requa. Every era at Krotona seems to bring a fresh interpretation of the Theosophical Society’s mission: to explore the inexplicable...
— LA Times

I came across this article a little while ago, and meant to post it here as well as on Rupert's Facebook page: "Curiosity for Rent: Krotona apartments in the Hollywood Hills".

I visited there myself a few years ago now, and was lucky enough to bump into the building superintendent, who let me in to look around a little. The courtyard and fountain are still there in the centre of the building, and the larger church hall structure behind is too - complete with the picture window!

The super had a copy of an old book telling the history of the Theosophical Society who built the place, which included a few old photos and a map of Krotona, which is interesting to see as well. (The Krotona Court buildings are just a small section of their overall grounds, it seems!)

Of course, I was thrilled to see these images below (courtesy of the incredibly generous Marc Wanamaker at Bison Archives in LA), of Rupert and Elsie relaxing at home there, during a visit from his sister Blossom from Auckland.

They had bought the property in the early twenties, and remained there until at least Rupert's death - Elsie had moved a short distance up the street at the time of her death, twenty years later.

At the time of the census in 1930, they were sharing their home with a German houseman, a Swedish cook, a gardener, a photographer, a writer, an engineer, a salesman, and a few others - so it was certainly spacious even before it became apartments!

By 1940 (again, according to the census) it appears it was just the two of them and a Japanese servant to help maintain the property.

It's a beautiful building, so I'm glad it's stayed in the hands of creatives, all this time!